Moreland mayor talking with county officials about annexation

By W. WINSTON SKINNER
winston@newnan.com
Moreland’s town leaders are talking with Coweta County officials about annexation issues.
Moreland Mayor Josh Evans met with Sandra Parker and Robert Tolleson of the county planning department about annexation. “They wanted to get an idea of what we had done at the Blueprints meeting,” Evans told the town council at its most recent meeting in the Town Hall at the Moreland Mill.
Moreland has been selected for a Blueprints for Successful Communities study by the Georgia Conservancy. Graduate students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have participated in three meetings in Moreland – the most recent one on April 14 – and talked about issues including annexation.
Evans said he, Parker and Tolleson particularly talked about “the Pope and Land project.” Pope and Land owns a large tract of industrial land that stretches from the northern edge of Moreland to Interstate 85 and includes highway and railroad access.
The tract is being marketed as an industrial “mega-site.”
Evans said Moreland officials have talked about annexation several times in recent years “so we could have some room to grow.” He said Parker recommended the town develop “an annexation policy” to handle requests for annexation in a systematic way.
Evans said models for such policies could probably be obtained from Three Rivers Development Center or the Georgia Municipal Association.
“We probably should have something in place so if someone comes and asks us, we can know what direction we’re going in,” Councilman Dick Ford stated.
“It was great to know the county wanted us all to be on the same page,” Evans said.


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